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A stray glance at last night's BBC4 schedules might have tricked people into thinking that Britain's Oldest Family Businesses were being given the Horrible Histories treatment. Alas, this is actually part of a three-part strand called Hidden Histories, which is similar in that it is about history, but different in that it is a very on-the-straight-and-narrow documentary for BBC4 rather than a daft romp through the past with Steve Punt and pals.

Victim's widow speaks out as trio are jailed for businessman's murder

Three men who carried out the "pre-meditated brutal" murder of a businessman were jailed for life today.

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Investment View: Dunelm Mill is worth backing despite family share sell-off

Businesses which retain a strong family connection have a mixed reputation on the stock market. Sometimes external shareholders have good reason for complaint: when businesses run by a family (or even a strong-minded entrepreneur) raise money from them, it can sometimes seem they are treated like second-class citizens. That the message is something like: "Yes, yes, please give us your money. And then go away quickly."

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Damage from riots could hit £1m

Stores which bore the brunt of rampaging mobs during the summer riots face another two years before they resume trading at previous levels.

Johnson, pictured, had been supported by Ben Budworth, CEO and publisher of 'The Lady'

High drama: The Lady vanishes

Boris Johnson's sister, a former 'Sunday Times' journalist and writer of steamy novels, was just too much for the magazine's proprietor, seventysomething Julia Budworth. Now Johnson has gone. Matthew Bell finds out what's going on at 'The Lady'

Family firms demand less red tape for £1.1trn sector

Britain's family-owned businesses will today call on the Government to cut red tape and increase support for a sector that generates an estimated £1.1 trillion of revenues.

My Edinburgh: Tom Rosenthal, Comedian

Edinburgh can be a hard and wet place. Honestly I’ve found myself to be far happier just staying inside my brand new student apartment marvelling at the lights which turn on and off without a switch (motion sensor). But if I had to recommend somewhere to go it would be Tesco. It has such a fine assortment of products to buy, everything from vegetables to cleaning utensils. An amazing place, really.

Man faces court over blaze that hit furniture store

A man appeared in court yesterday accused of starting the fire that destroyed a furniture shop in Croydon during the London riots.

Parents 'turned in teenage looter'

A teenager was "frog-marched" to a police station after his parents saw photos of him looting, a court heard today.

Mistress of My Fate, By Hallie Rubenhold

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Dom Joly: A sad homecoming, to bury my brave father

My father died last week. He was a good man who served in the Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War before running the family business in Beirut with integrity and considerable bravery. He had a good life, but it's still a shock when you realise that somebody is no longer there.

Prada disappoints on market debut

Shares in the Italian fashion house Prada opened only 0.25 per cent higher on its trading debut in Hong Kong yesterday, amid waning investor interest in initial public offerings and volatile global stock markets.

Prada cuts price to get IPO down catwalk

Italian fashion house Prada has made it down the stock-market catwalk at its fifth attempt – but only after cutting the price of its listing by a fifth at the last minute.

League accused by Triesman of bartering for Cup bid support

Former FA chairman claims Premier League would only back 2018 process in return for '39th game' approval

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